No Justice, No Peace: Saturday’s Black Lives Matter Demonstration

A few years ago, a former friend—a very popular artist in Oklahoma City—confided in me he believed that Black Lives Matter was the Black equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan. As I tried to comprehend his shocking admission, I knew that because of his white skin, he would never have to know the abject fear of being pulled over by the cops, wondering if that moment would be his very last.

With the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless more, massive protests of the murders of minorities by the police has reached a fever pitch in this country and, last night, Oklahoma—a state with one of the highest number of killings by police in America—was no different, with around a thousand people, possibly more, taking to the streets of Oklahoma City Saturday evening.

Because I’m not able to drive, I walked from my house to NW 23rd and Classen at a swift pace, missing the Oklahoma City Police using intimidation tactics on the protestors. When I got there, however, it was a relatively peaceful assembly, with chants of “No Justice, No Peace!” and “I Can’t Breathe!” and “Fuck the Police!” being hurled in the officers’ general direction, many clad in riot gear.

Original Soundtrak: An Interview with Oklahoma Icon Linda “Soundtrak” Verin

Last year, I wrote a tribute to the Oklahoma First Lady of Low Prices, the incomparable Linda Soundtrak. The creator of this beloved character—better known as Linda Verin—reached out to tell me how much she enjoyed the piece. Of course, I asked her for an interview.

A Californian by birth and an Oklahoman by choice, in the 80s she made her mark on the local television landscape at a time when true imagination could actually have a low budget, producing her own commercials—which, believe it or not, were actually divisive in this town—for her premier electronics store, Soundtrak.

From her home in Birmingham, Alabama, where Verin has had her own advertising agency for many years now, in that quintessential voice that made her famous in Oklahoma, she spoke with me about her glory days as the unforgettable Linda Soundtrak.

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Louis Fowler: Oklahoma spokespeople like Lynn Hickey and the Credit Jeweler’s Cowboy have nearly faded from the public consciousness, but Linda Soundtrak is still remembered fondly. What’s it like to be an enduring Oklahoma icon?

Oklahoma Deemed “Cockfighting Capital of the United States.”

Even though Oklahoma outlawed cockfighting back in 2002, we are occasionally reminded that the cruel and barbaric practice still thrives in certain parts of the state, usually in spots that have lower than normal literacy rates. In fact, the practice of breeding and training fighting cocks in Oklahoma looks like it’s never been stronger.

From KFOR:

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A former Oklahoma attorney general is asking federal prosecutors to look into allegations that local farms are trafficking birds to Guam for cockfighting.

On Tuesday, former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson announced that he was asking U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester to investigate the allegations of trafficking animals to Guam, illegally possessing fighting animals, and engaging in other illegal conduct.

Officials say the request comes after an investigation by Animal Wellness Action and Animal Wellness Foundation.

Wow. It’s always nice to see the Oklahoma entrepreneurial spirit in action. What can we do to get these oppressed breeders some subsidies to help their business!

Here’s more:

Trump Hires Oklahoman With Mug Shot as Campaign Chief of Staff

It looks like another Oklahoman will have the opportunity to be fired by President Trump!

Earlier this week, President Trump’s reelection campaign announced it promoted Stephanie Alexander, a political consultant with Oklahoma roots, as its new Chief of Staff. Her job duties will include lying, cheating and probably doing whatever else it takes to reelect her orange idol as president.

Here are details via The Hill:

President Trump’s reelection campaign on Tuesday promoted Bill Stepien to deputy campaign manager, making the longtime Republican political adviser a top aide to campaign manager Brad Parscale.

The campaign has also promoted Stephanie Alexander, a regional director for the campaign, to chief of staff.

“Bill Stepien and Stephanie Alexander bring decades of experience in political campaigns and also relentless dedication to President Trump and all that he aims to accomplish for the American people,” Parscale said in a statement.

That’s pretty cool. As we’ve pointed out in the past, the Oklahoma GOP leadership is, for the most part, a cesspool of unethical, sanctimonious, maniacal hypocrites who value authority, money and sticking it to their incompetent adversaries on the left — over logic, reason and just about everything else — so it makes sense that Trump would look within their ranks to fill key positions on his campaign and staff.

As an added bonus, Stephanie also carries some political baggage, which probably helped her get the job:

Brave Patriot Defiles Salon Signage Over Face Mask Policy

The alt-right Karen pictured above is Carmie Holloway. Earlier this week, she bravely stood up for her rights and freedoms, and ripped down a flyer that outlined a metro salon’s totally authoritarian social distancing policies.

Here are the details via KFOR:

A metro woman claims that making hair stylists wear a mask while working is unconstitutional, but a salon caught in the middle of all of it says they don’t need any help.

A social media video surfaced when Carmie Holloway recorded herself leaving Salons by JC on Tuesday afternoon, ripping a COVID-19 sign straight off the front door.

“It says all who enter the salon must wear a mask,” Carmie Holloway said in her Facebook video. “I am not wearing a mask!”

“That is state sponsored propaganda,” Carmie Holloway said. “This is an abuse of power. Well, I know it is.”

Yep, instead of just going to a different salon that cares less about the health and safety of its customers and employees, Carmie stood up to the evil authoritarian business by removing their sign. That’s awesome! We need more heroes like Carmie out there protecting privately held businesses from abusing their own free will. That will show the sheeple!

Here’s the FB video that Carmie shared from the incident.

5 New Social Distancing Guidelines For Frontier City

Earlier this week, news came out that OKC’s very own Frontier City would be the first theme park in the Six Flags portfolio, and possibly the country, to reopen during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here are the details via a BAM! article in The Oklahoman_:

Frontier City has announced that it will re-open June 5 with a mask requirement, temperature checks, required reservations and other safety protocols to protect visitors and employees from COVID-19…

Six Flags General Manager Trevor Leonard spoke exclusively to “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning from Frontier City to announce that the OKC location will be the first of the chain’s theme parks across the country to reopen.

That’s cool! As if roller coasters weren’t fun and exciting enough, now you can risk catching a deadly virus while you wait to ride one! That takes “thrill-ride” to a whole new level! I’m sure the Stitt family will be the first ones in line for the Brain Drain.

He said that reservations, non-invasive temperature checks and face masks will all be required, and that masked employees, including a new “Clean Team,” will be cleaning and disinfecting continuously throughout the day.

“It’s a never-ending process,” he said on “GMA.”

Leonard said he believes Frontier City will be the first theme park in the country to reopen following nationwide closures due to the pandemic.

We may not have a lot going for us in Oklahoma City, but at least we get to be the test subject in a public health experiment to see what happens when you re-open a theme park during a global pandemic (and / or viral hoax created by the world’s liberal elite to infect us with nanobot vaccines) that doesn’t appear to be slowing down. I’m sure that will work out fine.

Six Flags released a video to show all the guidelines and steps they’ve implemented to make sure the park is safe for visitors. It’s common sense stuff like requiring facemasks, frequent cleaning, social distancing, etc, but there are also some curious ones that are very specific to Frontier City, such as:

1. Guests must wear old dusty bandanas as facemasks.

John Daly begs Daddy Trump to pardon Joe Exotic

As the fabric of our reality shreds by the day, life has been getting weirder and weirder. Oklahoma is notoriously famous only for bad reasons, and Joe Exotic’s story going worldwide has put another cringey pin in our state this year.

Yesterday, John Daly, who is arguably the greatest wildman in the history of professional golf, sent out a message about Joe Exotic: